My thoughts on the implications of complexity on the changes under gone by middle class Americans.
Itâs a central premise of the American dream: If youâre willing to work hard, youâll be able to make a living and build a better life for your children. But what if working hard isnât enough to ensure success â or even the basic necessities of daily life?
FRONTLINEâs Two American Families follows two ordinary families who have spent the past 20 years in an extraordinary battle to keep from sliding into poverty.
The film, a collaboration with veteran PBS journalist Bill Moyers, who has followed the Stanleys and the Neumanns over the years, raises unsettling questions about the changing nature of the American economy and the fate of a declining middle class.
âHe will not be able to see the retirement, you know, that he probably would hope for when he was working at A.O. Smith,â say Keith Stanley, the son of Claude Stanley who was laid off from a steady, good paying job in the early â90s. âThatâs just not a reality. My heart goes out to that generation that was promised something from America, by America, that they would have a better life and thatâs not the case anymore.â